NIDCR Summer Research Program Deadline Approaching

To enable future dentists to experience careers in research, the NIDCR offers an outstanding summer research training opportunity for dental students.  The NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award is designed to give talented dental students hands-on research experience and exposure to the latest advances in oral health research.  Selected candidates are assigned to mentors who conduct research in the students’ areas of interest. Participation in the program may result in presentation of research findings at a scientific meeting or co-authorship of scientific publications.

NIDCR will accept online  applications for the Summer Dental Student Award from November 15, 2012 – January 17, 2013.  All supplemental application information must be received by February 8, 2013.

Additional Information: NIDCR Summer Research Program

Preliminary Information on Latest White House Fiscal Cliff Offer

President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner continue discussions of a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. In addition to negotiating with each other, both have the challenge of selling a compromise to members of their respective parties. Late yesterday, it was reported that both sides may be close to an agreement that would avoid an early January disaster. The White House and leaders on the Hill remain split. However, signs of movement on both sides have given some hope for a deal.

Outline of Expected White House Offer Continue reading

AADR Members Send 500+ Messages on the Fiscal Cliff to the Hill

Over the past few weeks, 171 AADR members joined to send 522 messages on the fiscal cliff to Members of Congress. In just two weeks, across-the-board spending reductions of roughly 8% will take place if Speaker John Boehner and President Obama fail to develop a path forward. The indiscriminate reductions in federal spending would coincide with an expiration of reduced tax levels currently in place. Economists have stated that the combination would likely send the nation back into recession. As often mentioned on this blog and others, $2.5 billion and an estimated 2,300 grants would be lost from the NIH portfolio alone.

AADR efforts to explain the detrimental impacts of the budget sequester to Congress are joined by the similar actions of partner health and research organizations. Together, a community of advocates representing non-defense discretionary budget priorities (which includes HHS/NIH) have made tens of thousands of contacts to Capitol Hill in recent weeks and the message is resonating.

Initial sketches of a potential agreement between the President and Speaker of the House show a 1:1 relationship between additional spending reductions and increased revenue largely in the form of limiting tax deductions and increasing rates on the affluent. Both sides remain a long way from a deal, but the fact that budget negotiations are drawing from various components of the federal budget and not primarily non-defense discretionary spending represents a major shift from just a few months ago and a potential victory for health and research advocates.

It’s not too late to join the 171 AADR members who have taken action to protect biomedical research. Visit the AADR Action Center and in just 5 minutes you can bring us a step closer to a balanced approach to deficit reduction and increased stability for federal research agencies and their grantees.

AADR Joins Groups in Discussion with Democratic Whip

Health and Research Groups Meet with Democratic Whip Hoyer

On December 12th, AADR joined with approximately 40 other groups in a meeting with House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) to discuss the impact of the impending budget sequester on research and health. The groups, united under the umbrella of the Coalition for Health Funding, had a chance to hear of the House minority party’s views on the budget debate as well as to ask questions about the negotiations now taking place.

Rep. Hoyer explained that he views the current debate as a referendum on the role of government, as well as an exercise in mathematics. He articulated a vision of a government that has a role in helping Americans attain an education and stay healthy. He stated that government’s role in education and health is particularly important for low income Americans and that they must be protected during the current budget negotiations. The congressman made a point heard often during the 2012 elections, which is that reducing the debt must involve a balanced approach consisting of new revenues and spending reductions; otherwise the math just doesn’t work. Continue reading

Stand With Science

Stand With Science is a national group of concerned graduate and professional students, founded in 2011, with the simple goal of providing the knowledge and tools necessary for future scientists and engineers to serve as advocates for investments in research. AADR Gert Quigley Public Policy Fellow, Matthew Oishi, has worked to help fully launch the organization. The group is out with a new letter to Congress regarding the potential budget sequester and why students in particular and the nation more broadly are at risk.

View their website to learn about the movement.